The river Po is Italy’s longest river rising in the Monte Viso group of the Alps and after running a course of 405 miles in the east, empties into the Adriatic Sea. The river flows through many important Italian cities including Turin, Vercelli, Piacenza and Cremona. A network of channels, partially designed by Leonard Da Vinci, allows the mighty river to reach Milan.
Various landscapes are presented as the river meanders through the country, from alpine regions changing to sub-alpine regions and then forming a large delta before it spills into the Adriatic. This delta is now an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautiful towns line the banks of the river with medieval buildings in Cremona, famous for the manufacture of violins, a famous ducal palace in Mantua, churches and beautiful squares with fabulous gardens, all waiting to be visited.
The river Po’s ultimate destination is the sea and it is in the lagoon of Venice that its long journey ends. Here the largest city in Italy, built on wooden stilts and defying nature stands and flaunts its treasures. Gondolas glide along the canals taking visitors effortlessly from one magnificent site to an awe inspiring other.
Many historical and interesting buildings and monuments stand on the banks of the lagoon. One is the magnificent Doges’ Palace, another is the Bridge of Sighs which links the Doges’ Palace to the old prison.
Windy streets have beautiful old churches and museums and workshops still make the famous intricate and extremely beautiful Venetian masks that are still worn at carnivals.
To make the most of your Venice holiday book a 6 night cruise which starts and ends in the beautiful city of Venice.